It’s a candidate’s market. By that, we mean that historically record low unemployment numbers have given a lot of power back to the job seeker because there are hundreds of jobs available in your market with no one to fill them. This means that candidates that lack all of the experience employers are seeking can many times go ahead and apply and still have a good chance to get the interview. Here’s how to present what skills you do have to get the job you may not be fully qualified for.
Presenting Yourself in the Best Possible Way
If you asked a hiring manager, they would probably say the job description is probably a guideline for what skills you need but not a deal-breaker if you don’t have them. So go ahead and apply, but take the skills you do have and place them in a favorable light. Try revamping your resume to make use of keywords. You’ll find these in the job description itself. Highlight the skills you think the employer will want while downplaying anything thing you might be missing. You can do the same thing in your application cover letter. Let’s talk about that document for a moment.
Your application cover letter should convey the skills you have and share your excitement for the role you’re applying to. Draw the hiring managers attention to your skills and highlight your strengths that would make you a good candidate to consider. Make sure your resume tells the store of how you made a difference in your jobs. Always personalize the cover letter, even though it takes more time.
If you feel like you could do most of the job, despite a resume lacking in experience and skills, do everything you can to get in front of the employer. Try reaching out to your social network for an introduction into the company. It’s in this area that a recruiter could be of significant value; they can help you get your foot in the door by pitching your candidacy and highlighting your job skills.
Landing the Interview
If you manage to land the interview, don’t hesitate to show your enthusiasm to the employer. Candidates are hiring all the time based on their personality, not just the job skills they bring to the table. It’s okay to say to the employer, “I may not have the experience for the job but if you pick me I will work hard to learn what I need to get the job done.” Demonstrate your enthusiasm, confidence, and energy, and the employer will be more likely to sit up and take notice.
Remember, just because the employer has a laundry list of requirements, that doesn’t mean that they’re expecting someone to have all of them. Most of the time that person doesn’t exist. Instead, focus and highlight the transferable job skills that will help the employer – and you – succeed in the new role.
Contact IES today about a job fit for your resume skills We can help you find the best job with a company that will be happy to take you on and teach you new skills.